£275,000 cash boost for garden village project on East Northants airfield site

Leader of East Northants Council Cllr Steven North
Leader of East Northants Council Cllr Steven North

A project to develop the old Deenethorpe Airfield site into a garden village has received a £275,000 funding boost from the Government.

This is the second year of capacity funding since Tresham, which was previously referred to as Deenethorpe Airfield Garden Village, was selected as one of 14 garden village projects that the Government is supporting through capacity funding and assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency.

This support is helping East Northamptonshire Council and the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Delivery Unit to work with the landowner in preparing a detailed masterplan and delivery strategy.

Andrew Longley, head of the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Delivery Unit, said: “This funding will pay for extra staff capacity, specialist advice including design and viability, community engagement, and various studies.

“It is allowing us to work with the landowner to prepare a masterplan which will give a broad overview of what will go where including housing, employment, schools, green space etc as well as basic details on access and movement across the site, and how the site will connect with the wider area.

“The masterplan will go out for consultation early in the New Year so people can give their views on the proposals.

“If it is agreed by the council, it will provide the basis for a planning application later in 2018.”

Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “This funding is a strong endorsement of our work so far on Tresham.

“It will help us to ensure that the garden village proposal is of the highest possible standard of design and sustainability, with the mix of housing, employment and community facilities needed to develop a new high-quality community, not just new housing estates.”